I have come to realize and accept that at this point we can pretty much expect to cover a musical passage in just about every episode of FTB. The calculus is crystal clear when you get to my age. Thankfully, the hunger and hunt for interesting music continues to burn brightly within. We bid adieu to the last remaining member of The Spinners, Henry Fambrough stepped to the Velvet Rope of the afterparty at the ripe old age of 85, while Dex Romweber continued his tragic family history of leaving too early at a mere 57 which is a full decade younger than me. Old friend Hal Jalikeakick came by to help with our Audio Obit about halfway through the show. The New Release Bin was overflowing so expect to hear fresh stuff from Nina Simone, The Black Keys, Paul McCartney & Wings, The Weeklings, Brittany Howard, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Blue Öyster Cult, Ducks Ltd, Paul Collins, Grandaddy, Tyler Ramsey, The Pineapple Thief, Frontier Ruckus, Nouvelle Vague and Iron & Wine. They are joined by Red Flag, Prefab Sprout, The Smiths, The Rave-Ups, Stevie Wonder, Roland Gift, The Afghan Whigs, The National, Booker T Jones, David Bowie, Matthew Sweet, Jellyfish, Wilco, Barbara Keith, The Monochrome Set, Laura Nyro and a bunch more. Just as I got ready to send the show I received news that Dick Swetits, the GM of WHTG has passed on as well. More on that next time. Hug your loved ones and thanks for all the support.
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We let love rule for Valentine’s Day this year and they have convinced me to make this mix personal. When you consider this edition of “Mixtape” is a whopping 328 minutes, perhaps we should have called it the Valentine’s Day Box Set? Regardless, I swear on a stack of Zappa original pressings that every song included has in one way or another been inspired by real events and/or utilized by me to celebrate or get me through my 67 years on the planet in regard to matters of the heart. And I easily could have at least doubled the run time, but these tunes represent those top of mind at the moment and the always important flow. Use it to celebrate with someone you love or get through a rough patch of your own. Consider it a sonic love blast from all of us in The Basement, straight to your heart. Thanks for listening and whenever possible, turn it up.
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It takes more than five hours to cover a batch of new releases and also give a dignified send-off to Brother Wayne Kramer, who leaves behind a towering musical legacy. We have the first new song in a decade from Sunny Day Real Estate, can it really be the 30th Anniversary of their “Diary” album? New albums from J. Mascis, Kula Shaker and Alkaline Trio are filled with great stuff, and although it came out a few months back, I fell deeply under the spell of the debut from Quade, which is as compelling as it is unclassifiable. Alejandro Escovedo joins the fun with his brilliant new “Bury Me” single and we get another winner from Liam Gallagher and John Squire. Terry Adams jazz outing “Terrible” gets the deluxe reissue spotlight and The Third Mind 2 is impossible to leave off. It’s a full show, so use it to make the week ahead as wonderful as possible. Thanks as always for the support and most of all your ears.
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